Genoa Soccer


How many sessions are there per year?
We organize two sessions per year - one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The ESSL hosts a summer camp locally. Our Genoa program also held our first Winter Clinic in 2017.

How do I register my child(ren)?
We are pleased to announce that all of our registrations and payments are handled online! You never have to guess when your check will be cashed. Registration is located here with step-by-step instructions. Once you create your profile and enter your child(ren), it will be saved for future seasons. The online system is the most secure you can get (same security level as Amazon!) In the event you choose NOT to register or pay online, there is an additional $5 fee required when you mail or drop off your registration. This fee is what our online database company charges us to manually enter your information. Registration fees cover SAY & ESSL participation fees, Accidental Injury Insurance, Referee Costs, Volunteer Background Checks, Tournament Participation Fees, and End-of-Year Bowling Party (Fall). 

In the event that you volunteer to be a coach, you will register online and pay for your child(ren). Once all registrations have been submitted and we know how many coaches we need (around the registration deadline), we will follow up with you to finalize our list of coaches. At that time, you will receive a full reimbursement of your registration costs! Yes, that's right, our coach's child(ren) play for FREE! We appreciate our coaches and volunteers, and this is our way of saying thank you!

* Please note it is only the Head Coach who receives a free coaches shirt, and only the child(ren) of the Head Coach who play on that team who will play for free.

When are the start dates?

These dates vary year to year. Please check our Facebook page for the correct dates.

When are practices held?
Practices will begin 2-3 weeks prior to the beginning of the season. The day of the week, time and number of practices will be determined by your child’s coach.

When are games played?
Games will be played during the week and on the weekends as scheduled by your coach.

Where are practices held & games played?
All 10U-14U practices and games are held at the Clay Center soccer fields on Genoa-Clay Center Road. All 8U practices and games are held at Veteran's Park in Genoa (Washington Street). All 4U & 6U practices and games are held at Allen Township Fields.

How does the 4U age group work?

During the Spring 2018 season, we added this division to involve the younger children. This is more for player development with foot skills, proper techniques, and an introduction to the game of soccer to prepare them for the 6U age group. We found practice sessions that last approximately 30-45 minutes were about all these young children and their attention spans could handle. Parents are highly encouraged to take part in the practice sessions as it helps keep the children engaged and assists those coaches leading the sessions. These players will receive a t-shirt jersey but will not play in organized team games.

How are age groups determined?

Age groups are determined SAY Soccer, and ESSL follows these guidelines. Divisions are created according to birth years as listed in the Gold Age Matrix.

4U - Ages 4 and under (children born between January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016).
6U - Ages 6 and under (children born between January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015).
8U - Ages 8 and under (children born between January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013).
10U - Ages 10 and under (children born between January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011).
12U - Ages 12 and under (children born between January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009).
14U - Ages 14 and under (children born between January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2007). 

*Players move up to the next division based on ESSL guidelines, usually during the Spring season.
** The Genoa Soccer Board reserves the right in some instances (only when necessary) to move the oldest players up from a division to ensure balanced teams and to maximize playing time for all participants.

May I move my child up an age group?

ESSL has adopted a new guideline as follows:

The ESSL recognizes there are times and conditions under which players need to be moved in an age group that is greater than their attained age. With the goal of recognizing the issues of player safety and maintaining recreational status we will follow these guidelines:

All requests to move players up will be brought to the Draw Meeting and reported to the Board Members present. The ESSL reserves the right to deny any request to move a player up. Consideration will be given to the following reasons for playing up:

May I move my child down an age group?
No. SAY guidelines read that all players must play at their age group, or above when approved by the ESSL Board.

How are teams formed?
Teams are formed in the following way:

  • Registrations are separated by age division and sex (i.e. B8U, G10U, B12U, etc.)
  • Coaches are assigned to the age/division they have volunteered to coach.
  • The coach and assistant coach’s child are placed on the team.
  • All remaining players of the same age/division are randomly placed on teams by a blind draw completed at an ESSL Board Meeting.

The teams are balanced as close as possible to ensure each team has the equal amount of players of each age. For example, a 8U team equal number of 6 and 7 year olds as every other 8U team.


How does the jersey system work?

The 6U Division will continue to get a different color t-shirt jersey each season with their registration as all teams in this division play locally against other Genoa teams. However, several communities within our league have switched to a jersey system with their 8U-14U teams. The way that it works is you buy a nice jersey the first season and your child continues wearing that same jersey each season until they outgrow it. This helps eliminate buying similar jerseys every season, and it helps us to keep registration costs low.

There will be a jersey fee of $20 at the time of registration. This will be for any new players into the program, children promoting from the 6U Division, those who lost their jersey, or need to order a bigger size. 
Once you receive your initial jersey (order a little larger so it lasts longer), you will keep that jersey until you need to buy a new one.

What happens if my child is injured?

In the event of an injury that requires medical treatment notify your coach immediately. Once the coach is notified he/she will need to fill out an injury report form and return it to GARS. It will then be forwarded to SAY soccer and they will make contact directly with the parents of the injured player. All players are covered with accident insurance and this insurance serves as a secondary coverage unless no other insurance is available.

What if I register my child and then they decide not to play?

If you register your child to play and then he/she changes their mind you may be eligible for a refund, depending on when you notify the GARS:

  • Notification prior to registration deadline will warrant a full refund.
  • Notification after the final registration deadline will warrant a partial refund. You will be refunded your registration fee minus insurance and uniform costs.
  • No refund will be given after the first game has been played by any team.

How long do the games last?

  • 4U only has practice - skill development sessions. 
  • 6U plays four 8 minute quarters
  • 8U plays four 10 minute quarters
  • 10U plays four 12 minute quarters
  • 12U plays four 15 minute quarters
  • 14U plays two 30 minute halves


How many players are on the field?

  • 4U only has practice - skill development sessions 
  • 6U plays 4v4 (no goalies)
  • 8U plays 7v7
  • 10U plays 9v9
  • 12U plays 11v11
  • 14U plays 11v11


What size ball does each division use?

  • 4U uses a Size 1 ball. 
  • 6U & 8U use a Size 3 ball 
  • 10U & 12U use a Size 4 ball.
  • 14U uses a Size 5 ball.


Are there local or state tournaments?
There are tournaments at both the local & state level at the end of the Fall season only.
Fall 2019 ESSL dates were October 19-20 (Boys) and October 26-27 (Girls) @ Woodmore / Well Park.
Fall 2019 State Tournament dates were November 9-10 (Boys) and November 16-17 (Girls).

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